ISBN: 978-14451-3187-0 (hardback), 978-14451-3188-7 (paperback), 48 pages, fully illustrated
Published by Franklin Watts, part of Hachette UK
A beautifully illustrated first introduction to William Shakespeare - his life, times and plays.
Published in the year of the 450th anniversary of his birth, this book covers everything from his birth and school life in Stratford-upon-Avon to living in Elizabethan London and co-owning the Globe theatre. It captures the world of Elizabethan theatre and has clever, short summaries of some of Shakespeare's best-loved plays: the comedies A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Twelfth Night; the histories Henry V and Richard III; and the tragedies Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Julius Caesar.
The Elizabethan Age
School life in Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare's Craft: his writing style, inspiration, tools and language
Elizabethan Theatres: the architecture, interior and the experience for theatre-goers
Map of Shakespeare's London: the theatres, landmarks and where he spent his time
London 1592: what is was like to live in one of the world's busiest and most exciting cities
Ever performed in a
Sadly no. I'm a terrible actor.
Best Shakespeare performance
I have ever seen
RSC Taming of the Shrew with Josie Lawrence. Also Catherine Tate and David Tennant in Much Ado About Nothing (a recording, not live)
My Shakespeare confession
I once went to see Macbeth, and when Macduff was about to kill Macbeth, someone in the audience shouted "Get on with it!" (It wasn't me though!)
Anna has written many books for children – including lots on Shakespeare. She lives in Edinburgh in Scotland, and works at home. She writes at her desk, in a sleeping bag with arm holes in the winter. If you'd like to know more, visit www.annaclaybourne.co.uk.
Favourite Shakespeare play
The Winter's Tale
Favourite Shakespeare character Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing,
or Paulina in The Winter's Tale
or Richard III. Can't decide!
Character most like me
Rosalind in As You Like It
Quote I know from memory
"Halfway down hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade!
Methinks he seems no bigger than his head." from King Lear
Illustrations © Adria Meserve 2014.
Text © Penny Worms 2014. All rights reserved.